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Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Vintage: 2018
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    From the esteemed slopes of Mount Saint Helena in Knights Valley, the Peter Michael winery presents its distinguished Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. Crafted under the skilled guidance of winemaker Robert Fiore, this blend epitomizes the art of fine winemaking. Reflecting the rich heritage and the vibrant flora of its region, notably the wild California poppies, ‘˜Les Pavots’ encapsulates a harmonious symphony of flavors and aromas.

    This blend is a masterful composition of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. The vineyard, with its rocky volcanic-origin Rhyolite soil and a favorable south-facing exposure, rests at an elevation of 900″1,400 feet. The unique terroir, along with meticulous winegrowing practices, imparts a distinctive character to the wine.

    The 2018 vintage benefitted from above-average winter rainfall and a mild spring. The steady, warm temperatures throughout the year, coupled with a well-timed veraison, brought the grapes to perfect ripeness, imbuing the wine with a rich spectrum of flavors.

    On the visual aspect, Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 presents a deep ruby color with a red-purple rim, indicating its youthful vigor. The wine opens up with a sophisticated bouquet, blending the freshness of violets with the sweet notes of blueberries and boysenberries. This fruity essence harmonizes with the native wild garrigue and an underlying crushed stone minerality, a tribute to its volcanic soil heritage.

    The palate reveals a full-bodied and elegant experience. It offers a lavish array of flavors, from the richness of blackberry pie and Albion strawberries to the savory notes of tobacco and cigar box. Subtle hints of cedar, vanilla bean, and black pepper add to its complexity. The wine boasts a well-structured and lengthy finish, marking its high caliber.

    The critical acclaim for Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 speaks volumes. James Suckling awarded it 97 points, praising its sweet berries, black olives, and fresh herbs nuances, alongside a full-bodied structure with polished tannins. Jeb Dunnuck also gave it 97 points, highlighting its minerality, graphite notes, and powerful, balanced elegance. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate bestowed 96 points, emphasizing its intense scents of blackcurrant preserves, ripe black plums, and boysenberries, along with a full-bodied palate that’s densely packed with black fruits and earthy layers.

    Peter Michael Les Pavots 2018, aged eighteen months in 100% French oak barrels, is bottled unfined to preserve its natural integrity. Released on April 1, 2021, with an alcohol content of 15.5%, it stands as a testament to the winery’s commitment to excellence. This wine, approachable in its youth, is destined to evolve gracefully over the next two decades, continually unveiling its depth and elegance.

    The Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, hailing from the Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots vineyards, is more than just a wine; it’s a legacy in a bottle. Its intricate layers and profound complexity make it a stunning addition to any collection, promising a delightful journey with each sip. The Peter Michael Pavots blend, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon, continues to set the benchmark for quality and finesse in winemaking. As the years pass, Les Pavots Peter Michael will undoubtedly reveal even more of its exquisite character, firmly establishing itself as a hallmark of the Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon lineage.

    22 reviews for Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    1. Darlene Richmond

      One sip of the Peter Michael Les Pavots and you’re transported into a world of diverse flavors. From the bold black fruits to the subtle smoky aftertaste, every sip is a journey. An absolute delight!

    2. Nikki Perdue

      The Peter Michael Les Pavots is a true marvel. The dark chocolate and cream notes are simply divine, and the unexpected eucalyptus hint is a pleasant surprise. Perfect for a night in or a dinner party!

    3. Barbara Jackson

      I’m not usually one for bold wines, but the Peter Michael Les Pavots is an exception. The dark fruit and blackcurrant notes are captivating, all the while being nicely balanced with the earthy and pepper notes. A must-try for any wine enthusiast!

    4. Katherine John

      I’ve tried many wines but the Peter Michael Les Pavots stands out. The bold dark fruit flavors are beautifully balanced by the unique cigar box and baking spice undertones. It’s a truly unique experience!

    5. Susan Brown

      The Peter Michael Les Pavots is truly a unique blend. The rich flavors of black cherry and licorice are beautifully complemented by the mild coffee and cocoa undertones. It’s a wine that keeps you coming back for more.

    6. Irene Lasalle

      I’m absolutely enamored with Peter Michael Les Pavots. The blackberry and vanilla notes are prominent and melt perfectly into a hint of leather and oak. There’s also a subtle touch of cedar that I find intriguing. A true masterpiece!

    7. Elaine Groves

      Tasting the Peter Michael Les Pavots is like a sensory journey. The rich black fruit and earthy notes are balanced by a hint of savory and the unexpected touch of minerals. A wine that never disappoints!

    8. Maxine Cannon

      Just opened a bottle of Les Pavots Peter Michael and the complexity is outstanding! The dark fruit notes are dominant, with a hint of earthy leather and pepper. A wine worth every penny!

    9. Nicole Wendt

      I’m absolutely in love with the Peter Michael Les Pavots! The blackberry and vanilla notes really burst on the palate, while the undertones of leather and oak give it a nice earthy balance. It’s a bold and structured wine, the perfect Californian red blend.

    10. Sherri Fisher

      Michael Les Pavots is an exciting journey of flavors. The dominant blueberry and vanilla notes are beautifully counterbalanced by a touch of cedar and tobacco. Free shipping on 12 bottles just sweetens the deal!

    11. David Dempsey

      The Les Pavots Peter Michael is a true indulgence. The cherry and coffee notes are enticing, rounded off with a lovely earthy undertone. Jeb Dunnuck was right in giving it 97 points!

    12. Eleanor Appel

      The Peter Michael Les Pavots is a wine that keeps on giving. From the bold blackcurrant and black fruit flavors to the subtle hints of mushroom and strawberry, it’s a wine that keeps you guessing. An absolute must-try!

    13. Richard Mccarthy

      The Les Pavots from Peter Michael Winery is a sensory delight. The dark chocolate and cassis notes are prominent, with a hint of eucalyptus. Ava Knights Valley truly produces some great wines!

    14. John Merz

      The Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon is a revelation. With blackcurrant and licorice notes, the wine is expertly balanced, making it a perfect companion for a hearty meal. Highly recommended by critics!

    15. Laura Watts

      I’ve just tasted the Peter Michael Les Pavots and I’m honestly blown away. The hints of cherry and graphite are perfectly balanced, and the subtle red fruit undertones elevate this wine to a whole new level. Spectacular!

    16. Ashley Dotson

      The Peter Michael Les Pavots is like a symphony of flavors on the palate. Bold and structured, the vanilla and blackberry notes blend perfectly with a touch of cedar. A great Californian red blend!

    17. Andres Christie

      Just had the Peter Michael Les Pavots, a true gem of a wine! The flavors of plum, cassis, and dark fruit are rich and robust, followed by a hint of tobacco and cedar. A great pick if you’re into bold and structured wines. The 2018 vintage is exceptional, definitely recommended by critics like Wine Advocate and James Suckling.

    18. Mark Prewitt

      The Peter Michael Winery Les Pavots is a delightful exploration of flavors. The plum and chocolate notes are enriching, complemented by a hint of oak. Incredibly satisfying and worth the investment.

    19. Oliver Huddleston

      Just opened a bottle of Peter Michael Les Pavots and I’m in love. The blend of black fruit and earthy tones is simply divine. The occasional hint of pepper is a delightful surprise, making it my go-to Californian red blend.

    20. Edna Bailey

      The Peter Michael Les Pavots is a wine that speaks volumes. The black cherry and cocoa flavors are beautifully complemented by a hint of savory spices. A wine that’s worth savoring!

    21. Lee Harrison

      This Proprietary Red Blend from the Peter Michael Les Pavots is full of surprises. The rich black fruit and tobacco flavors are nicely layered. This wine is a testament to the exceptional 2018 vintage.

    22. Santos Geller

      Peter Michael Pavots is a wine that continues to impress. The licorice and mocha notes are wonderfully balanced by a touch of smoke. A perfect wine to pair with a special dinner.

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    Faq

    Is Peter Michael wine good?

    Yes, Peter Michael wine is generally highly regarded. Peter Michael Winery is known for producing premium wines that consistently receive acclaim from wine critics and enthusiasts. They are particularly celebrated for their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon, including the Peter Michael Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis. Their wines are often noted for their quality, complexity, and expression of the unique terroir of their vineyards in California's Napa Valley and Sonoma County. As with any wine, personal taste plays a significant role, but the reputation and critical reception of Peter Michael wines suggest that they are considered very good by industry standards.

    Who owns Peter Michael Winery?

    Peter Michael Winery is owned by the Peter Michael family.

    Critical Acclaim

    WA 96
    Wine Advocate
    Located in Knights Valley, Sonoma, the Les Pavots vineyard is located in the oldest of the estate-owned sites, planted in 1989. It is situated at 1,000-1,400 feet and is quite steep in areas. Composed of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Les Pavots is medium to deep garnet-purple in color. It needs a fair bit of coaxing to unlock the intense scents of blackcurrant preserves, ripe black plums and boysenberries with touches of wild sage, tobacco leaf and pencil shavings. The full-bodied palate is densely packed and tightly wound with loads of black fruits, dried herbs and earthy layers, supported by firm, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and energetic. 3,255 cases were made.
    JD 97
    Jeb Dunnuck
    More minerality, graphite, and scorched earth notes emerge from the 2018 Les Pavots. Full-bodied and uber-concentrated, it reveals building tannins, awesome mid-palate depth, and one heck of a great finish. It's a serious, powerful, blockbuster beauty that also holds onto perfect balance and a beautiful sense of elegance. It will keep for two decades or more.
    JS 97
    James Suckling
    Love the sweet berries, black olives, tile and fresh herbs on the nose with floral undertones. Oyster shell, too. Full-bodied with round, creamy tannins that are beautifully polished and refined. Very long finish. All about finesse and wonderful length. 68% cabernet sauvignon, 19% cabernet franc, 10% merlot and 3% petit verdot. Drink after 2023.

    What does Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 taste like?


    Light
    Bold
    Smooth
    Tannic
    Dry
    Sweet
    Soft
    Acidic
    Earthy Flavors of the wine

    leather, earthy, mushroom

    Red Fruit flavors of the wine

    cherry, raspberry, red fruit

    Oaky Flavors of the wine

    oak, tobacco, vanilla

    apple, pear, apricot

    Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

    blackberry, plum, dark fruit

    Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

    pepper, licorice, cinnamon

    Citrus notes found in the wine

    lemon, orange zest, lemon peel

    cheese, cream, oil

    Vegetal notes found in the wine

    rhubarb, green bell pepper, tomato leaf

    raisin, fig, prune

    tropical, mango, tamarind

    Floral aromas found in the wine

    violet, lavender, potpourri

    Food Pairing with Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    Our wine experts think this Bold and Structured Peter Michael Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!

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